Lockwood powers Renegades past Scrappers

Staff report


Hunter Lockwood went 5-for-5 with two homers, three runs and six RBIs to help the Hudson Valley Renegades defeat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 11-3 in Wednesday’s New York-Penn League game at Dutchess Stadium.

Julian Merryweather (0-1) started and lasted just 32/3 innings for the Scrappers, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Anthony Vizcaya tossed 21/3 innings of relief and David Speer pitched the final two innings, with each pitcher giving up two runs.

Trailing 2-1 in the top of the second, Mahoning Valley’s Taylor Murphy homered to right field, the first professional home run for the Indians’ 18th round pick in this year’s draft.

Hudson Valley (19-7) scored five runs in the fourth inning and added six more in the sixth to take a 9-1 lead.

The Scrappers (8-18) scored their final two runs in the top of the seventh. Bradley Zimmer and Francisco Mejia hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, then Leo Castillo doubled to right to score Zimmer and move Mejia to third. Murphy was then hit by a pitch and, one batter later, Yonathan Mendoza walked to score Mejia.

Zimmer and Murphy each finished with two hits.

Jace Conrad went 4-for-5 and scored two runs for Hudson Valley. Starter Oscar Armenta (2-0) got the win, giving up one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

The Scrappers will play at Hudson Valley tonight and Friday, then travel to Lowell for a three-game series.

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